Fashion Week Observed
One Month In
How many of these characters did you spot at New York Fashion Week? If you get them all, reward yourself with food that is not kale! (But no, you still can’t have gluten. Maybe for your birthday). Read More
They're not for sweating
He stood at a podium surrounded by a crush of City Council members and left-leaning advocates from protests groups like Make the Road New York and local unions.
“Si, se puede!” (“Yes, we can!”), they shouted, crammed shoulder to shoulder on a tiny stretch of sidewalk in Bushwick, Brooklyn, under the elevated subway tracks. As the trains rushed by every few minutes, the man of the hour—standing in front of a backdrop adorned with his campaign’s slogan, “One New York, Rising Together”—paused and raised his arms like an orchestra conductor, urging the overflow crowd penned behind police barricades across the street to burst into chants again.
This wasn’t a campaign rally or a protest of City Hall’s policies. It was Bill de Blasio’s first major policy rollout as mayor of New York City: a press conference to announce a deal with the City Council on legislation to expand mandatory paid sick leave.
The Year Observed
Why not take your pet komodo dragon for a walk? Read More
Bill De Blasio might be coming onstage to the sound of “Royals,” but some of us have seen a diamond in the flesh. That said, “Cristal, Maybach, diamonds on your timepiece” and all the other stuff Lorde has never seen feels fairly 2003 (and “tigers on a gold leash” haven’t been chic since Scarface).
Here are the items that separated the royals from the pretenders in 2013. Read More
When Bill de Blasio decided to run for New York City Council in 2001 after managing Hillary Clinton’s successful U.S. Senate campaign, political observers were bewildered.
After spending the previous year attending late-night strategy sessions at the White House and earning a shout-out on The West Wing, the rising star could have landed a lucrative consulting position or launched a big-money K Street firm. Instead, he opted to compete in a crowded, long-shot race for the chance to debate zoning regulations and field constituent calls.
Some thought he’d gone mad. This paper suggested that, at 39, he was in the midst of a mid-life crisis.
These watches are a bit funky, a little scary, a lot out of the ordinary. In short, they’re perfect for this macabre season. But don’t worry—these are meticulously crafted watches that can be worn all year round (unlike those plastic vampire teeth). Read More
Every few years, I like to buy a new hat. Not a baseball cap or anything so prosaic as that, though I do enjoy wearing a cap every once in a while. What I mean is something stylish, something one might consider daring—a hat to make life more interesting.
Call me a dandy, if you’d like. Baudelaire might have.
Deluxe Gifts for Me! Me! Me!
Oh you fancy, huh? Turns out doing PR for Tumblr, despite the site’s numerous recent outages, has its advantages. Katherine Barna, who works in communications for the blogging platform, got the chance to meet President Obama and the first lady at the White House, and she has the Christmas-themed snap to prove it. Wonder how many jealous reblogs this pic will spawn?
off the record
Screw gift-giving to others. This season should be all about you! Treat yourself to something extraordinary that, naturally, you’d never consider budgeting for to give to anyone else. Don’t dwell on the stigma of selfishness–you deserve a reward! Sixty-hour work weeks with dreadful colleagues that collide headfirst into a binge of holiday family time; menacing Read More
Every editor in New York knows the refrain: “three’s a trend.” But how many trend pieces does it take to christen a new genre? We couldn’t help but notice that a “small but growing” group of stories in The New York Times’s Thursday Styles section reveal a curious editorial fascination with the intersection of fashion Read More